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CPD: Roebling Bridge will reopen to some vehicles Friday evening

Was closed to curb Brent Spence closure runoff
Roebling Bridge to reopen by May 1
Posted at 4:06 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 21:25:53-05

COVINGTON, Ky. — The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge will reopen to passenger vehicle traffic Friday evening at 8 p.m., according to Cincinnati police. CPD emphasized that no commercial vehicles are permitted to use the bridge upon reopening.

The agency announced the reopening nearly two days after authorities closed the 155-year-old historic bridge to vehicular traffic, citing multiple semitrailer drivers ignoring the 11-ton weight limit in the hours following the abrupt closure of the nearby Brent Spence Bridge on Wednesday.

The suspension bridge had remained open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic all day Thursday and Friday morning, as Covington and Cincinnati's respective police agencies strategized how to prevent truck drivers from violating the weight limit.

This most recent closure was far less protracted than other closures in recent years, due to needed emergency repairs, but even still, some businesses said they saw a quick drop in already scarce foot traffic amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Brent Spence will not reopen so quickly. KYTC Secretary Jim Gray estimated Thursday the major commuter and trade corridor would remain closed for several weeks at least, "maybe more than a month."